Kerry’s Eye founder Pádraig Kennelly dies

PÁDRAIG KENNELLY, the photographer, television cameraman and founder of the Kerry’s Eye newspaper, has died at his home in Tralee at the age of 82.

On his retirement as editor in 2010, Mr Kennelly was the longest-serving editor of a regional newspaper in Ireland.

Just two weeks ago he travelled to the Irish Cultural Institute in Paris — accompanied by his son, businessman Jerry Kennelly — for the launch of an exhibition based on photographs he and his wife Joan had taken in the early summer of 1969, during the visit to Ireland by General Charles de Gaulle.

Known as “Senior”, he continued to write a lively column weekly in the paper he and his late wife Joan established in the basement of their home at Ashe Street, Tralee in 1974.

A pharmacist by profession, Padraig’s interest in photography developed into a photo-journalism business with his late wife, Joan, who was a talented photographer.

Padraig and Joan Kennelly between them took more than 500,000 photographs of life in Kerry between 1953 and 1973.

The photographs have been digitised and collected in The Kennelly Archive, which was launched in 2009.

Padraig Kennelly, of Tralee and Skirlough, Camp, is survived by sons Padraig J, Jerry, Brendan and Kerry, brothers Ted and Emmet, sister Eithne, and seven grandchildren

He will lie in repose at his home in Ashe Street today from 2pm, with removal at 7pm to St John’s Church, arriving at 7.30pm.

The funeral Mass will take place tomorrow at 10am and his remains will be buried afterwards at Rath Cemetery, Tralee.


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